WCCC Polar Dip Celebrates 20 Years

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Some traditions are unique and might cause people to raise an eyebrow, but the annual Washington County Community College Polar Dip has people donning their bathing suits and jumping into the freezing water at Sipyak Point.

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Plans for Dog Park Underway in Memory of Canine-Loving Calais Man

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

According to Maine law 7 MRS §3911, “It is unlawful for any dog, licensed or unlicensed, to be at large, except when used for hunting.”  This law defines “at large” to be “off the premises of the owner and not under the control of any person whose personal presence and attention would reasonably control the conduct of the animal.”  

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First Responders Day Signed into Law

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.new

On Tuesday, Feb. 25th, Gov. Mills signed into law LD 1908, An Act to Establish First Responders Day on September 11th.  First Responders Day will recognize the daily contributions made by all first responders.

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Downtown Gallery Reopens for Season

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Local artist Paul Redding has re-opened his downtown art studio at 315 Main Street.  Now called “Charcoal City,” Redding’s gallery has a great showing of his own work for people to simply view, to purchase, or to see ideas for their own custom order.

A self-taught artist, Redding began painting with oils in 1956.  Today, however, his medium of choice is charcoal.  

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Calais Callbacks Prepare for State Competition

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Since their comeback a few years ago, the Calais High School Drama Program, the Calais Callbacks, have been steadily working to create and grow a program that had been absent from the school for over five years. Under the direction of advisor Kati Grass, the program has grown and seen a large number of students eager to participate both on and off stage.

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St. Stephen’s University Hosts Public Lecture About Children’s Rights

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

On Thursday, March 19th, Dr. J.C. Blokhuis will be giving a public lecture at St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick discussing children and the law. Can they opt-out of lifesaving medical treatment?

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Assistance Available to Pay Little League Registration Fees

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Despite ball fields still covered by snow, plans are underway for the opening day of the 2020 Calais Little League season.   

League board member Krista Collins has reported that online registration for the upcoming season is now open.  Parents and guardians can access the registration link on the league’s website, www.calaislittleleague.org.  

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EAC Performers at Washington Place

Eastport Arts Center’s flautists June Gregory and Nancy Asante from the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra delighted residents at Washington Place Assisted Living on a gray late-February day. Classical duets and a finale song about winter sunshine and the sunshine within each of us brought smiles to the residents' faces. (Submitted photo)

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Calais Rec. Basketball Champions

The grades 5/6 championship team includes (front) Sarah Wentworth, Shawn Cushing, Ben Harvey, Lane Brown, (back) Bradley Walton, Luke Morrell, Colby Moholland, Jack Downing, Noah White, and Coach Dana Redding.  (Submitted photo) See this week's paper for the grade 3/4 team.

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The Summit Project - Honoring Heroes of Maine

 

Honor Case on Display in Calais

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

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Community Potluck, Music, Fun Slated to Celebrate Maine’s 200th, Robbinston’s 209th Birthday

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

This Sunday, lots of fun and entertainment, as well as some delicious shared dishes, will be part of a community potluck in Robbinston.  The event will take place at the Robbinston Community Center, the former school.  

“We chose March 15th to coincide with the state-wide launch of Maine’s Bicentennial celebration,” said Sarah Strickland of the Robbinston Historical Society.  “Robbinston will also be 209.”

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CHS Graduate is Calais’ Newest Police Officer

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Calais Police Department recently welcomed a new addition to its force.  Officer James Barnard, a 2001 Calais High School graduate, came on board in January.

Prior to working for Calais Police Department, Officer Barnard received gainful experience while employed at Indian Township Police Department.  He was employed there for nearly five years and held the position of sergeant.  

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WHS Students Experience Ice Fishing for PE Class

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

Eleven students from Woodland Junior-Senior High School went ice fishing as part of their physical education class on Tuesday, March 3rd. 

WHS teacher Keith Moody had the idea, but it took help from many others to make his plan come to life. 

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Local 4-H Club Adopts Furry Friends Food Bank

The Furry Friends Food Bank has been adopted by a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H club in Washington County. Cobscook Currents 4-H club members, committed to making a positive difference in their community, chose the food bank for pets as a community service project. 

 Club members have installed a pet food collection box for public donations at the Whiting General Store, 136 U.S. Route 1, Whiting. Furry Friends Food Bank is an Eastern Area Agency on Aging program designed to help seniors feed and support their four-legged companions.

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Calais Girl Scout Cookie Drive

Girl Scouts Troop #2253 Calais at their Cookie Drive at Calais IGA. Pictured left to right are Commander Mike McLean, Addison Ellsmore, Madeline DelMonaco, and Mackenna Homes. (Submitted photo)

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Calais Regional Hospital Announces New Director of Radiology

James (Jack) Braley Jr. joined Calais Regional Hospital in February as Director of Radiology.  James recently relocated from Florida, however, this is his second return to his roots, having been born in Calais and raised in Baileyville. He was also the acting Director of Radiology for CRH in 2000-2001. He brings his previous CRH experience to include 35 years as a Registered Technical Radiographer with 27 years of that in Radiology Management.   

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Dennysville News

 

Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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Evan Merchant of Beals is Awarded the Legislature’s Memorial Scholarship

 

Evan Merchant of Beals, Maine is this year’s Washington County recipient of the Legislature’s $1,000 Memorial Scholarship. Evan majors in captive wildlife care and education at Unity College.

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Washington County Coronavirus updates

The Calais Advertiser will be regularly updating this page with information relating to coronavirus in Washington County, including closures, cancellations, and postponements. If you have any updates to include here, please email them to editor@calais.news

March 18:  Governor Mills Takes Further Steps to Respond to COVID-19:

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A Possible Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By Jayna Smith

Elon Musk has just tweeted this article.  It would seem that it is an effective treatment for Covid-19.

Article with links to References

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Maine Maple Sunday Events Cancelled

 

By Kaileigh Deacon 

For years Mainers have celebrated the sugary, sweet treat maple syrup at sugaries all across the state on Maine Maple Sunday. The tasty event has become a tradition for many as they travel to local sugaries to sample the syrup and sweets made with maple syrup, learn about the process of making syrup, and tour the facilities. 

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Screening Protocol in Place at CRH

 

CRH Press Release

As coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes more of a concern in our State, Calais Regional Hospital will institute visitor restrictions and illness screenings for those entering the facility as of March 18.  An alternate entrance for suspect coronavirus patients has also been established.  These proactive precautions are to protect our patients, staff and the communities we serve.  

Temporary changes to our Visitors Policy are being implemented.  Restrictions include:

• Visitors must be 12 years or older

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Washington County the Subject of New History Text

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The St. Croix Historical Society recently announced a new addition to its list of publications:  John Preston’s Washington County, Maine:  1700-1820.  

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Actor of the Year Nominee Featured in Locally-Filmed Movies

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Back in December, The Calais Advertiser reported on a locally filmed Christmas movie--”The Christmas Doodle,” a Wright Family Film--that had recently been released and was available for purchase.  

Now, CEO of the film company David Wright has learned that he is one of eight from around the world who has been nominated as Actor of the Year in a Worldwide Christian Film at the International Christian Film Festival.  

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Smith Wins State Free Throw Competition

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Free throws--the shots in basketball that can win a game or lose a game.  For one local girl, sinking them is something she regularly practices, and for her, the effort paid off.

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Local Students Get Early Look at Options After High School

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Calais Middle/High School hosted its fourth annual post-secondary fair last Wednesday, March 11th.  The event provided an opportunity for students to explore numerous options for after high school.

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Cook Makes First Team Selection

 

By Phil Stuart

Lauren Cook, of Calais, was the only school girl player from Washington County to make all-tourney this season. The senior guard scored over 1,500 career points for the Blue Devils and was named to this year's first team, along with Owen Osborne MVP winner Maci Beals, of Central Aroostook; Breanna Bradbury, of Central Aroostook;  Peyton Grant, of Dexter; and Katherine Alley, of Stearns.

Annalys Robinson and Allison Alley, both of Stearns, and Libby Grass, of Central Aroostook, were named honorable mentions.  

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All Public Masses in Maine Temporarily Suspended in Response to CDC Guidance on COVID-19  

All Public Masses in Maine Temporarily Suspended in Response to CDC Guidance on COVID-19  

March 18, 2020

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President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau Announce Border Closure to Non-Essential Travel

By Jayna Smith

On Wednesday, March 18, it was announced that the longest border between two countries--the US/Canadian border--would close for non-essential travel.  President Trump assured citizens that trade would not be affected.  

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained that travelers would not be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism, and also stressed, however, that “essential travel” would not stop.  

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Papa’s Auto is Open for Business

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

D & G Automotive on Main Street in Calais has a new name.  Now Papa’s Auto Service, LLC, the business has been purchased and taken over by Bill Lee and his wife Jeannie. The two and their new team of mechanics will be offering auto detailing, rocker repair, cab corners, manifold replacement, vehicle pick up and drop off, and more.

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Spednic Club Makes Donation to Alzheimer’s Association Through Bowling Tourney

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Earlier this month, the Spednic Club in Baileyville held its 7th annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Bowling Tournament.  The event raises funds each year to be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and is just one of many fundraisers the club hosts.

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Man on Mission to Provide Paper Goods to Seniors

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

“Wright Family Films, Wright Christian Broadcasting, and Wright Music Group are on patrol!” CEO David Wright said last week.  “We are taking film sales and donations from our supporters worldwide to provide the elderly in the area with needed paper products during this time.”

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EAC to Host Virtual Art Gallery

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

This year would have been the 6th Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition Opening Reception at the Eastport Arts Center (EAC). Although the physical gathering has been canceled due to state quarantine regulations, students will still be able to show off their works of art to their family and friends.

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Pickleball to be Taught at Local Schools

 

By Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

St. Croix Valley Pickleball group has been taking Washington County by storm with all of its pickup games and tournaments happening over the past year. Although some children have joined in on the fun, Keith Ramos of the group believes that all kids should get the chance to play the game. Pickleball is a paddle ball sport combining components of table tennis, tennis, and badminton. 

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Calais Recreation 5th/6th Grade Girls’ Runner-Up Travel Team

Pictured is the Calais Recreation 5th/6th grade girls’ runner-up travel team. Members include, front l-r: Mackenzie Johnson, Mackenzie Smith, Sarah Wentworth, and Hannah Shannon. Back l-r: Coach Melissa Small, Addison Ellsmore, Kaci Small, Mishun Cornelius,  Olivia Turner, and Coach Mindy Smith. (Photo by John Rogers)

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Great Wildlife Photos

The photo on the left is by Donna Melanson and the other is by Ruth Curtis. The Calais Advertiser encourages everyone to submit their wildlife photos to us via email: editor@calais.news

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